marsicans – Too Good

#NewMusic from Leeds, England

We totally fell for Leeds quartet marsicans when we picked them as one of our ‘Must See Acts’ at Dot 2 Dot Manchester earlier in the year. They’re back with a new single ‘Too Good’ and it is literally that.

marsicans ‘Too Good’ is out now on LAB Records.

Radio Days – DV#15

#Radio An interview and mix from 1Xtra’s DJ Excalibah (it was a pretty new station back in 2006) and plenty of other good stuff including Bugz In The Attic, Osunlade and forever favourite Roy Davis Jr. feat. Peven Everett

An interview and mix from 1Xtra’s DJ Excalibah (it was a pretty new station back in 2006) and plenty of other good stuff including Bugz In The Attic, Osunlade and forever favourite Roy Davis Jr. feat. Peven Everett. Cue it up and hit play folks.

Playlist

Talib Kweli feat. Dead Prez / Sharp Shooters
Madvillain / Figaro
Gnarls Barkley / Who Cares
Roots Manuva / Move Ya Loin
Sway / Flo Fashion
Dizzee Rascal / Imagine

[DJ EXCALIBAH INTERVIEW]
– Part 1 – UK Dubstate
Shameless / Dubstate (over Ludacris / Number One Spot)
– Part 2 – Other Projects

[DJ EXCALIBAH – URN EXCLUSIVE MIX]

Osunlade / Blackman
Reunion / Strange Attention (Seiji Remix) *
Bugz in the Attic / Sounds Like
One Self / Fear The Labour
4hero / Another Day feat. Jill Scott
Roy Davis Jr. / Gabrielle feat. Peven Everett

* Couldn’t find this one – boo!

James Yuill – A Change In State

#AlbumReview Yuill’s ability to stitch together seemingly disconnected sounds from a range of genres and influences into coherent and engaging songs really comes to the fore on this release

Sometimes an album just seems to fit with where you are in life. It might be the physical location you find yourself in, a frame of mind or a particular event. James Yuill’s fourth full length ‘A Change In State’ has been exactly that for us, and it could be for you too.

Yuill’s ability to stitch together seemingly disconnected sounds from a range of genres and influences into coherent and engaging songs really comes to the fore on this release. Take ‘Sorted’ as an example. The distorting bass rumbles make you feel like you’ve stepped a little too close to the Funktion One at a festival, but these are unexpectedly coupled with dainty metal tinkles and range of extraterrestrial glitchy flourishes. This all comes together into an altogether calming piece of music, softened further by Yuill’s warming vocal harmonies.

In terms of style and genre, the album’s hard to put in a single box. In fact it’s easy to get misled about the directional intention of a track or the album as a whole by listening to a single track in isolation. When we first heard the Siren-like vocal opening to Fire Breathing we were not expecting it open up with the skittering yet punchy beat that followed. ‘When In Flames’ conjured up images of a journey and a struggle some time in the far off future, but is then immediately followed by ‘Two Faces which placed us frolicking joyfully in folky fields. Well the first half of the track at least.

The fluctuating theme that rings throughout the album drew parallels for us with a recent acceptance that expecting events to follow the path they may initially indicate is no guarantee that they’ll take you to the point you might have imagined. But by letting go of the reins and enjoying the journey, more often than not things work out, and work out pretty damn well in the end.

James YuillA Change In State’ is out now on The Happy Biscuit Club.

TNGHT – TNGHT

#Flashback The EP that brought together Ross Birchard (from Glasgow) and Lunice Fermin Pierre II (from Montreal) as the vowel light supergroup TNGHT, dropped five years ago now

The EP that brought together Ross Birchard (from Glasgow) and Lunice Fermin Pierre II (from Montreal) as the vowel light supergroup TNGHT, dropped five years ago now.

We have distinct DnV memories of hearing ‘Higher Ground’ all across Europe on our festival tour of 2012. Never failed to shutdown the dance.

Nearly Native – Colour feat. FEMME

#NewMusic from London, England

Time for the debut release from London producer Nearly Native ‘Colour’ featuring the vocal vibes of FEMME. This one’s got a dark, garage touch but has all the bounce you need to start amping you up for the weekend that’s just around the corner.

Nearly Native ‘Colour’ feat. FEMME is out now.